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Former Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D) announced Thursday that she'll run in 2022 for the U.S. Senate in Iowa, a seat currently held by seven-term incumbent Sen. Chuck Grassley (R).

Why it matters: Finkenauer is the first major Democrat to announce a Senate run in Iowa, which is expected to be a critical swing state next fall as the party looks to retain or add to its slim majority in the Senate.

  • The 87-year-old Grassley has not yet said whether he will run for re-election, but Republicans are hoping he does. He has won more than 60% of the vote in each of his last six Senate races.
  • Finkenauer, 32, served one term in the House after beating out incumbent Rep. Rod Blum (R) in 2018, but she lost her bid for re-election in 2020.

What she's saying: "He was somebody I used to look up to and believed would actually move things forward. I wouldn't agree with him on everything and Democrats didn't.” Finkenauer told Politico about her potential opponent Grassley. "Unfortunately, with his votes lately he's really left us behind."

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Rep. Mark Pocan, who says, "I trust the president." Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

House progressives say they're willing to stop holding the bipartisan infrastructure bill hostage based on a presidential promise.

Why it matters: A key sticking point for progressives supporting the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill was their requirement the Senate first pass the nearly $2 trillion social safety net expansion they favor. Now, they say senators only have to promise they'll do so before they support the BIF.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) filed a lawsuit Friday against the Biden administration for ordering the state to stop allocating federal COVID relief funds to schools that don't comply with public health recommendations such as masking, the Arizona Republic reports.

Why it matters: The Treasury Department said last week that the state would have to pay back the money if Ducey does not redesignate the $173 million programs to ensure they don't "undermine efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19."